Claiming Delta's problems are the fault of the employees is such trash. Management raped the company, and made a deal with the pilots that made no economic sense. But you can't blame the pilots either. They made big concessions in 1995 when the airline claimed it was losing money. As soon as the ink was dry, the profits started rolling in, and when the pilots wanted to open up the contract, management said, "a Contract is a Contract." So the pilots said the same thing after 9/11. The pilots, compared to the rest of the industry, are overpaid, but in real dollars haven't had an increase since deregulation. I guess everyone thinks that people should work for an airline because its fun, never mind about making a decent living. Pilots have traditionally made high wages. But all of these people who complain about how much they make never say a thing about the fact that CEO's who used to make 20 times what a manual laborer for the same company made now make 500 times as much.
Delta and the rest of the industry are in the toilet because of bad management. And please don't tell me about how much money AirTran or Southwest are making. Southwest has made decent profits, but AirTran, while profitable, has never made much money. One bad year and poof, they could be gone. The industry has deep seated economic problems. They seem to be unable to market their product and sell it for a reasonable cost and still make money. Right now, the problem is that fares are too cheap. If a roundtrip fare is over $200.00, for a domestic trip, the consumer has been educated that they shouldn't buy. It's ridiculous. In the meantime, the air transport system in this country is near collapse. Sure, there will always be service on some major routes, but the thing about air transport used to be that you could fly about anywhere. This eventually led to the decline of rail passenger service and bus service. With the loss of so much airline service, to so many cities, the level of service has steadily declined. Eventually, the industry will again probably have to be regulated. But that is different debate altogether.